GGS Academy Spotlight: Diana Edgell


Name: Diana Edgell
Age: 33
Location: Springfield, VA

What was your first thought when you learned about the GGS Academy and the GGS-1 Certification?
I feel very passionately about the importance of strengthening women. All women, in all ways. I was excited for the opportunity to be a part of a growing movement towards inclusion and education.

What do you do?
I’m a strength coach for teenagers in my area. I also coach gymnastics and cheerleading at the local high school.

What else do you do?
I am a stay-at-home mom to three kids. Although I wouldn’t put that in the “fun” or “hobby” category, it is what takes up a lot of my time.

What I really enjoy doing is connecting with people in any way possible. That could be through strength, personal development, or friendship.

Lately my hobby is a podcast I’ve started with my husband called justOK — a podcast about trying!

Best compliment you’ve received lately:
The best compliment I have received lately is about my voice. In starting our podcast, I’ve heard that people like the way I sound and the ease with which I invite people in and feel comfortable. That’s a new one for me and I’m loving it.

Favorite way to treat yourself:
My favorite thing is a night out with my partner and a few good friends. Getting some delicious food and drinks to accompany deep and meaningful conversation is the best way to fill my heart and soul for the next day.

Favorite quote: 
I can’t pick just one...

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ― Maya Angelou

“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given.  Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.” — James Baldwin

Three words that best describe you: 
Engaging. Passionate. Courageous.

Favorite book:
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

What inspires and motivates you?  
I am endlessly inspired and motivated by people who do hard things. Someone who makes a courageous decision in the face of difficult and hard consequences.

Vulnerability is beautiful, messy, inspiring, and motivating.

What event or situation in your life lead you to enroll in the GGS-1 Certification?
I have been a certified personal trainer since 2011. I am constantly on the lookout for new ways to strengthen my knowledge and keep the passion alive for training and teaching.

I am heavily involved with the teenage girls in my local area. I wanted to specifically get more insight to help them. I want to be able to have answers when they put their trust in me. I want to assist them in their growth however I can. I felt that the GGS-1 certification was an excellent way to do that.

I believe the rising generation will have a huge impact on the way that women are viewed and treated.

How would you describe your women-specific training knowledge before enrolling in the GGS-1 Certification?
I would describe it as limited. I have spent a lot of time researching and reading what is available but having access to and education from medical professionals, specifically, was an area that needed to be worked on.

Why do you think learning the information that’s included in the GGS-1 Certification is so important to your profession?
Again, working with teenagers is so crucial to how the health, fitness, and overall landscape for women can change going forward.

I think about how little I knew about my own body when I was a teenager, let alone nutrition, or psychology and I just marvel at the advantage that these young women can have, if they have a trusted and knowledgeable adult to teach them.

Now that you’re an official GGS-1 Certified Coach, what impact are you hoping to have?
I hope to be the cheerleader behind the next leaders. I hope I have an impact in supporting and encouraging our next generation to lead us to being more whole humans!

You can listen to her podcast: justOK.

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